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Rape of the Fair Country

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This tour will take you from the rolling countryside of the Vale of Usk to the rugged landscape of the industrial valleys, which provide the backdrop for most of the action in Rape of the Fair Country. By following this route you can explore sites that feature in this powerful story about life during the early years of the Industrial Revolution.

"Listen! Otters are barking along the Usk. The June moon is flashing and the arched bridges step over us all the way from Ponty. Faint is the singing of the night-shift Irish as the homecoming barges drift under the shadows of the mountain.... Ropes are coiled for flinging, windlasses turn in shrieks as Llanfoist Wharf comes flaring through the mist....."  Rape of the Fair Country

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